Wharf Road, London, N1. Photo © Roger Dean 2013
London. A Pilgrimage – Gustave Dore and Blanchard Jerrold, 1872:
[...] We are drawn to the Kentish shore, which presents a woful river-side spectacle. The great ship-yards and lines; the empty sheds, like deserted railway stations; the muddy, melancholy bank, and all the evidence of immense doings which are ended, smite us with a sad force as we pass Cherry Tree Pier. Behind this jetty of pretty name, suggestive of pranks in laughing gardens, lies, in the lanes and streets of Deptford and thereabouts, the worst part of the Great City’s story. This shore, from Woolwich almost to London Bridge, is idle. The “clanging rookery” of shipwrights is as silent as the Chapels of Westminster Abbey. There is rust upon everything.